From Our Correspondent, Tripura Daily News | AGARTALA, April 07, 2018:
In an act of reviving closed cases which were “influenced politically”, Biplab Deb government has ordered to reopen a case on a Congress leader’s murder 25 years back.
Law Minister Ratan Lal Nath today visited the residence of Atish Chowdhury at West Noabadi in RK Nagar area of West Tripura district, 15 Km from here, and said his govt would soon reopen and re-investigate the case to punish ‘real culprits’. Chowdhury, who was ‘pradhan’ or chief of a gram panchayat in the area, was stabbed to death, allegedly by CPM cadres on April 07, 1993, two days after the third Left Front government came into power.
Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb ordered to reopen the case on March 30 this year and said the real criminals wouldn’t go unpunished.
Law Minister Nath, who was also a Congress leader till last year, said supporters of opposition parties were brutally killed and tortured during the communist regime. He said Atish Chowdhury’s murder was not properly investigated and said they were working out formalities to re-open the case shortly.
“Rest assured, the real culprits will find justice”, he said. Nath paid respect to the deceased leader near his residence today on his 25th death anniversary.
Atish Chowdhury’s widow Amiyabala Devi said she wanted “justice” for her husband’s murder 25 years back and said they had to live in different parts of Tripura, traumatized by CPM hooliganism.
Late Chowdhury’s son Santosh Chowdhury, now fifty, said he saved himself by jumping into a pond when his father was being killed. “I saw them kill my father. They tortured my mother and family members and burnt down our house alongwith livestock and belongings. We were brought down to the streets. I want the killers hanged”, he said.
He claimed his father was murdered at the instruction of senior leaders of CPM, which was only executed by cadres.